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‘Sankofa’ brings Black history to life
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Arts & Culture
‘Sankofa’ brings Black history to life
On a recent Monday afternoon, Andrea Herbert Major was in full director mode at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts. Wearing an all-black ensemble with pink pointe shoes to match her Barbie-pink nails, she sat in a wood-floored studio fine-tuning a series of dance routines.
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Inspired by Black excellence, Opera on Tap plumbs music, poetry of Harlem Renaissance
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Arts & Culture
Inspired by Black excellence, Opera on Tap plumbs music, poetry of Harlem Renaissance
The operatic art form gets a diverse and educational spin in “Celebrating Black Excellence: Opera, Art Song, and the Harlem Renaissance,” a program produced by Opera on Tap.
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Phillis Wheatley comes to life at Old South Meeting House
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Phillis Wheatley comes to life at Old South Meeting House
In “Phillis in Boston,” a world premiere play debuting at the Old South Meeting House next month, African American poet and prodigy Phillis Wheatley is in the spotlight.
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‘The Gospel according to Nikki Giovanni’
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‘The Gospel according to Nikki Giovanni’
Nikki Giovanni, one of the great poets of the Black Arts movement in the late 1960s, and Javon Jackson, saxophonist and composer, have paired up to release “The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni” on Feb. 18.
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Malik Ameer Crumpler: An African American in Paris
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Malik Ameer Crumpler: An African American in Paris
In just five years in Paris, Malik Ameer Crumpler has made a space and a name for himself in avant-garde arts and culture circles.
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Inaugural Roxbury Poetry Festival slated for June 5
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Inaugural Roxbury Poetry Festival slated for June 5
Headlined by keynote speaker and 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, the Roxbury Poetry Festival will feature writers, panelists and curators in conversation. Poets of all ages and styles will come together at the festival on June 5 to celebrate the powerful medium.
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National Poetry Month with Porsha Olayiwola, Boston’s Poet Laureate
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National Poetry Month with Porsha Olayiwola, Boston’s Poet Laureate
Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola writes and performs poems rooted in Afro-futurism, magical realism, and science fiction.
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A poem a day keeps Isolation away
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A poem a day keeps Isolation away
Poetry helps us find our way to ourselves and to others, and poems can be a source of consolation, courage and connection in a challenging time. An ideal way to begin is to sign up for free daily delivery of a poem via e-mail at poets.org/poem-a-day.
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Jazz & poetry come to Nubian Square
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Arts & Culture
Jazz & poetry come to Nubian Square
Saxophonist Ricky Ford, poet Askia Touré, and pianist and arranger John Kordalewski are bring-ing original jazz and the poetry of Langston Hughes to the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building for one night only on Saturday, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.
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#HellaBlack Performance celebrates unapologetic black art
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Arts & Culture
#HellaBlack Performance celebrates unapologetic black art
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery came alive with the sights and sounds of black talent. “#HellaBlack: BCA Mixtape Vol. 1” was a one-night pop-up celebration of Boston’s wide-ranging artists of color.
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‘Poetry is Busy’ event showcases women of color
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Arts & Culture
‘Poetry is Busy’ event showcases women of color
A lineup of interdisciplinary and multimedia artists with diverse gender and racial identities, including Boston’s current poet laureate Porsha Olayiwola, performed at the second annual “Poetry is Busy: En Voz Abierta/Into the Unfolded Voice” show at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in the South End last Friday.
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In the news: Porsha Olayiwola
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In the news: Porsha Olayiwola
Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Porsha Olayiwola has been appointed as the City of Boston's new Poet Laureate, a role she will formally begin on January 1, 2019.
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